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Topic: Re: How science shaped modern 'rejection of religion'
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Joe Niederberger

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Re: How science shaped modern 'rejection of religion'
Posted: Mar 24, 2014 10:56 AM
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Joe N said:
>That might be an improvement, but there are other ways to improve a model or explanation. <snip> Also, an explanation that exhibits a more "natural" set of constraints on the objects its posits, could also be considered an improvement.



>From NYT today (Sean Carroll)
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/when-nature-looks-unnatural/?hp&rref=opinion
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Cosmic inflation is an extraordinary extrapolation. And it was motivated not by any direct contradiction between theory and experiment, but by the simple desire to have a more natural explanation for the conditions of the early universe. If these observations favoring inflation hold up ? a big ?if,? of course ? it will represent an enormous triumph for reasoning based on the search for naturalness in physical explanations.
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